Exhibition: The World of Slavery

From 21st June for two months, McGill University Library, Rare Books and Special Collection Division, in collaboration with Laura Johnson, Caroline Seagle and Laura Gibson, students from the Indian Ocean World Centre and departments of History and Anthropology, presented "The World of Slavery: An Exploration of Slavery across Time and Borders," at the McLennan Library Building Lobby.

The guilt for it rests not wholly on the white race, or partly on the African kings and slave merchants, but beyond them on humanity itself, the same humanity that was responsible for Auschwitz and Matthausen and, in its blundering fashion, for Hiroshima and for the next catastrophe;... on the apparently inexhaustible capacity for greed and numbness of heart and the infliction of suffering that survives in the nature of man.

Daniel P. Mannix & Malcolm Cowley, Black Cargoes: A History of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1518 – 1865 (London: Penguin Books, 1963) p.xiv This image is from a work by William Blake included in John G. Stedman's Narrative of Five Years Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam.